Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Baja-style Mexican food
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Franchise 500 2023
2024 Franchise 500 Rank
#434 Ranked #487 last year
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Initial investment
$490K - $1.6M
Units as of 2023
138 Decrease 1% over 3 years

Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2003, Fuzzy's Taco Shop specializes in Baja-style Mexican cuisine, including tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, salads, and all-day breakfast. Fuzzy's began franchising in 2009, and has grown into a nationally recognized brand offering guests tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner options along with beer and margaritas. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop restaurants are franchised by affiliates of Pasadena, Calif.-based Dine Brands Global, Inc., with locations across the U.S.

Why You May Want to Start a Fuzzy's Taco Shop Franchise

An ideal Fuzzy's Taco Shop candidate is an individual who appreciates good food, quality service, and growth, all in a colorful and "chilled-out" environment. 

As a franchisee, you may find satisfaction seeing customers enjoy their meal on the patio with their kids coloring at the table. By running a Fuzzy's Taco Shop franchise, you may add joy, a sense of togetherness, and flavor to your community.

What Might Make Fuzzy's Taco Shop a Good Choice?

Mexican-inspired fast-casual restaurants are becoming increasingly popular across the U.S. Customers are seeking higher quality and healthier food options than those sold by fast-food restaurants. Being a Fuzzy's Taco Shop franchisee may be a great opportunity to tap into this market shift. Fuzzy's Taco Shop offers menu items that a franchisee might expect from Mexican fast-casual dining, including frozen margaritas.

Fuzzy's Taco Shop has recently rolled out new interior and exterior prototype designs that all locations will use for consistency across the brand. Consistency is also present in the menu and recipes used across all locations.

How Do You Open a Fuzzy's Taco Shop Franchise?

To open a Fuzzy's Taco Shop franchise, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the business and your local area to see if a franchise would do well in your community. You must choose your location, but Fuzzy's Taco Shop will assist. 

Since your contract lasts ten years, take time to assess your passion for being in the restaurant industry. This especially holds importance if you have no prior restaurant experience. You may find owning a restaurant to be more rigorous than you initially thought. Take the opportunity to speak with other franchisees and learn about their experiences.

If Fuzzy's Taco Shop approves of you as a franchisee, you will undergo training. Training includes both classroom and on-the-job training. Soon enough, you'll be able to create your slice of "taco heaven" in a store that is as chill as its margaritas.

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Company Overview

About Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Industry Food
Related Categories Mexican Food
Founded 2003
Parent Company Dine Brands Global
Leadership Paul Damico, President
Corporate Address 4200 Regent Blvd., #C-210
Irving, TX 75063
Social Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram

Business Overview

Franchising Since 2009 (15 years)
# of employees at HQ 34
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises throughout the US.

# of Units 138 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Fuzzy's Taco Shop franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee Information Circle
$30,000 - $40,000
Initial Investment Information Circle
$489,900 - $1,614,600
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
Cash Requirement Information Circle
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
$5,000 off franchise fee
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Term of Agreement Information Circle
10 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing Fuzzy's Taco Shop has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training 188 hours
Classroom Training 12 hours
Ongoing Support
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App


Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
# of employees required to run 25
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
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Updated: December 12th, 2022